3GS goes "dead" at 25%-30% battery

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by rosemary1, Oct 2, 2011.

  1. rosemary1 macrumors regular

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    I don't let my battery run down this low very often, but I've noticed recently that when it gets down to somewhere between 25%-30% it goes dead as if it's at 0%. When I plug it in, the Apple screen comes on and 5-10 minutes later it powers up again with the battery showing somewhere between 30%-35%. Any ideas as to what's up and is there any way to make it not do this?
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Sounds like a dead cell. You'll need to replace the battery.
     
  3. rosemary1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Bummer... although I hope to replace it with a new new iPhone within the month. :)
     
  4. jauhari macrumors regular

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    Replaced your battery will fix your problem, or try to Hard Reset your iPhone, Hold Down Home and Power Button until Apple Logo Appear
     
  5. rosemary1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Nope. That was the first thing I tried and it did no good.
     
  6. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Take it in to an Apple store! battery swap is only $80 plus your 3GS of course. They will give you a refurbished one.
     
  7. MaxBurn macrumors 65816

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    Free if you have applecare still. Definitely talk to apple first to get your options. Even if you are upgrading and sell your old phone selling a brand new swap will net a higher price.
     
  8. aziatiklover macrumors 68030

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    Yeap, but I'm sure he doesn't have Apple Care.
     
  9. rosemary1 thread starter macrumors regular

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    1) I'm a she. 2) No Applecare. 3) I bought my 3GS on launch day over two years ago, so I've been itching for the new iPhone announcement because I really want to replace my phone (even though it is in otherwise perfect working condition). $80 for a new battery isn't worth it for me at this point. I just wanted to know if this was anything I could fix on my end. Thank you for everyone's input. :)
     

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